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Scutellaria incana

Scutellaria incana

Common name downy skullcap
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5)
Flowers blue/white (summer)
Size 2-3'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed Needs extended cold period to germinate
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate September

The tallest-growing skullcap in our garden, with attractive dark crinkly foliage. Flowers start in mid-summer. We got our original plant at a wildflower sale several years ago, and have found propagation by seed to be difficult. So we just enjoy the one or two plants that we have. I think they return late in spring, since every year I think we lost them, and then I find them again later in the season.

downy skullcap
The flowers close up look like silly puppets, like many in the mint family.
Scutellaria incana

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '03 garden. Baggy 35F (6w)-70F(4w)-70F with light (2w). No germination, moved seed to pot set outside in mid-March. 10%G by mid-May.
  2. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 35F (13w) - 70F (3w; 15%G, 3-6d). Only 20% of germinated seeds produced viable seedling.
  3. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 35F (13w) - 70F (78%G, 2-9d)
  4. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 35F (13w) - 70F (70%G, 3-8d)
  5. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 35F (13w) - 70F (50%G, 3-9d)
  6. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 35F (13w) - 70F (62%G, 4-9d)

Clothier says germinates cold, which did not occur in baggy.

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